UN condemns conditions of detention for Emirati activist Ahmed Mansoor
UN human rights experts have expressed deep concern over Ahmed Mansoor’s physical health and condemned his detention conditions in UAE’s al-Sadr prison, saying the prolonged solitary confinement he has been subjected to since his arrest over two years ago “may constitute torture”.
The experts urged the UAE authorities to give the prominent human rights defender, who began a hunger strike on 17 March protesting his unfair trial and conditions of his detention, immediate medical attention.
“We implore the authorities of the United Arab Emirates to immediately grant him access to vital and consented medical care and to ensure that his conditions of detention conform to the United Nations’ Standard Minimum Rules for the Treatment of Prisoners.”
The Martin Ennals award winner was arrested in March 2017 and convicted to ten years in prison in May 2018 for “insulting the ‘status and prestige of the UAE and its symbols' including its leaders” through social media.
The experts raised further concerns over “repeated and consistent reports that Mr Mansoor has not received a fair trial” and called on the UAE “to ensure his retrial in accordance with the fundamental judicial guarantees provided for in international human rights law, or his immediate release”.